Why Choose Dried Flowers As Gift?

Written by Each A Plant on 17 June 2018

1) EASY AND FUSS-FREE CARE

Dried fresh flowers are not entirely "dead" yet. However, they no longer require water. Unlike fresh flowers, moisture is the last thing your dry flowers require. So keep them away from moisture. Dried flowers do not require sunlight either. So place your dried flower display away from direct sunlight to keep their colours long lasting. An air-conditioned or low humidity area around your home or workplace will be an ideal location to place them. These easy care tips similarly apply for dried flower accessories too. Dried flowers are simply easy going and require low maintenance as opposed to fresh flowers. Henceforth, they will make a great compliment to style up for any occasions. 

2) PRESERVE A SLICE OF NATURE

Mother nature is a true artist. Try recalling an instance when you got awestruck by wow-worthy nature and you snap a photo instantaneously to share with your loved ones? Naturally dried fresh flowers, are just like a slice of nature which being preserved after its freshness fades away. Delicately handcrafted, these dried flowers transformed into adoring ornamental displays and accessories for you and your loved ones!

3) PLAY A PART IN RECYCLING

If we could recycle plastics, paper and glass, why not flowers? Many a times, flowers are being conveniently disposed when they start to wither or after serving their purpose in an event. The undeclared beauty of flowers can be uncovered when you repurpose them. Allowing those fresh flowers of yours to dry naturally is the simplest way to repurpose and unleash new life in them. Not only do dried flowers looked aesthetically pretty, they also retain your wonderful memories in them. Similarly, pressed flowers are great for crafting of handmade card or turning them into an art display.

Open your heart today and adore the wonders of naturally preserved flowers. Connect with us at Each A Plant to find out more on unique gift ideas for you and your loved ones.

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How To Press Flowers

Written by Each A Plant on 20 March 2018

Most people want to keep items with sentimental value, even for flowers. To preserve your beautiful blooms and the special memories they hold, try flower pressing. Fresh flowers can be kept for years with their colours intact by pressing them. 

1) PRESS FLOWERS IN A BOOK

There are many methods to press flowers but the most popular and probably simplest is to press flowers in a book. To start off, find a heavy book. Dictionaries, phone books and encyclopedias are excellent choices for pressing flowers. The moisture absorbed from the flowers will cause the pages to wrinkle, so use a book you do not mind damaging.

Place the flowers between two pieces of paper, and place them within the pages of the book. You may use parchment paper or just printing paper will do as great. Choose the flowers to lay flat or arrange artistically.

Depending on the size of the book, you can place multiple flowers at different parts of the book. Just note to leave about 2 cm between the pages to avoid moisture being transferred between flowers which will cause mold. Pile more books on top of the pressing book to weigh it down once it is closed. Leave it undisturbed for about 2-3 weeks until the flowers are completely dry.

Gently open the layers of paper and remove the flowers, preferably with a pair of tweezers. Properly pressed flowers should feel papery and is great to make floral art.

2) PRESS FLOWERS IN A MICROWAVE

Microwave presses are readily available for purchase. Or you can simply make one yourself. Press the flowers between two ceramic tiles held together with rubber bands. You can microwave a book flower press, only if you are sure there are no metal parts (e.g. staples which hold the book together).

When using homemade ceramic tile press, line each side of the tile with a piece of cardboard and a piece of paper (e.g. printing paper). Place the flower in the middle and secure firmly with two rubber bands. Microwave the flower press using low temperature. Heat for 30 to 60 seconds at a time, allowing cooling intervals between each heat cycle.

When the flowers are dry, complete the process by using a book press method (press for 2-3days) to give the flowers a fix setting.

3) PRESS FLOWERS WITH AN IRON

If you do not wish to wait weeks to get your flower press, consider using an iron. Begin by pressing the flowers between two absorbent pieces of papers, and then flatten with a heavy book. Empty water from the iron as you do not want to add moisture to the flowers with steam.

Heat the iron with low temperature setting. Press the warm iron on top of the upper sheet of paper for 10 to 15 seconds. You do not need to make gliding motion the way you would when ironing clothing. Lift the iron for the paper to cool for 15 seconds and then repeat heating process until the flowers are stiff and dry.

Whether you grew flowers yourself or received them for a special occasion, you can preserve their sentimental value for years to come with any of these pressing methods. If you wish to get pressed flowers display for your loved ones, check out our wide selection of gift choices today!

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5 Ways To Recycle Cut Flowers

Written By Each A Plant on 15 March 2018 

Flowers can be used in any and almost every occasions, like weddings, birthdays, anniversary, get well wishes and so on. However, one common fate of these flowers is that they will wither and subsequently be disposed of. The next time when you wish to dispose of flowers you received for Valentines, you may wish to consider these 5 ways to recycle and give those flowers of yours a new life. 

1. DRY THEM

If the bouquet of flowers has special meaning to you, dry them to keep as a memento. Drying flowers is a great way to enjoy their benefits long after the freshness has faded away.

Simply gather the flowers in a bunch and secure the stems with a rubber band. Do note not to secure the rubber band too tight otherwise the stems may turn rot. Hang the bunch upside down in a well-ventilated place out of direct sunlight for two to three weeks.

Properly dried flowers do not just look aesthetically gorgeous as ornamental displays, it can be used to make your own soap, aromatherapy formulas or even potpourri.

2. PRESS THEM

Pressing is a particular style of drying flowers with can be turned into great materials for art and craft. You simply need a few blossoms of flowers and a heavy stack of old books.

Place the flowers in the book, lined with parchment paper. Close the book, weigh it down and leave it undisturbed for 7-10 days. You will want to check and make sure all the moisture is gone and your flowers are papery.

Otherwise, replace the parchment paper and repeat process. Properly pressed flowers can be used to make floral art on cards as an impressive embellishment.

3. PRESERVE THEM

Flower preservation is as early as the history of man. Drying and pressing are one of the early day's methods of preservation. However, deliberate flower preservation is a more recent phenomenon.

Silica gel drying is one such trending methods which can be done at the convenience of your homes. Silica gel dries flowers fast. It is generally white but some types contain blue crystals that act as moisture absorption indicator. When moisture is absorbed from the flowers, the crystals gradually turn pink. Simply, layer silica gel in the bottom of an air-tight container.

Trim the flower stems and insert the stems upright into the layer of silica gel and pour another layer of silica gel onto the flower petals to fully cover them.

Then store the sealed container aside for drying and the flowers can be removed after 2 -6 days; drying time varies with different types of flowers. Well-preserved flowers can make wonderful displays even on its own! 

4) DONATE THEM 

This is a beautiful way to unleash new life to your cut flowers, especially after a wedding or similar large event where you have more arrangements/bouquets than you can give away to family and friends.

Local communities such as nursing homes, homeless shelters and even some independent restaurant are always glad to receive donations of fresh flowers to improve the appearance of their facilities.

If you are able to make arrangement beforehand, they might even be able to drop by your place to pick up the flowers.

5) TRANSFORM THEM

Thinking of the easiest way to recycle those flowers of yours? Transform them into household cleaners. Flowers can make great as cleaning agent.

Take 1/4th cup of flowers and mix them with a cup of baking soda and a tablespoon of salt to make some easy surface cleaner. Likewise, you can mix a few flower petals into your floor cleaner just before mopping for a fragrant twist!

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